Build a household emergency kit and grab-and-go bag

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Following a disaster, you may need to:

  • Stay at home with an emergency kit or
  • Leave immediately with a grab-and-go bag

Building an emergency kit or grab-and-go bag doesn't need to take a lot of time or money. Follow the basic supply lists below.

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Emergency kit supply list

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Put supplies in one or 2 containers, such as plastic bins or duffel bags. Store them in an area of your home that’s easy to get to, such as a hall closet, spare room or garage. 

  • Non-perishable food: minimum three-day to one-week supply, with a manual can opener
  • Water: four litres per person, per day for drinking and sanitation
  • Phone charger, battery bank or inverter
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit and medications
  • Personal toiletries and items, such as an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses
  • Copy of your emergency plan
  • Copies of important documents, such as insurance papers and identification
  • Cash in small bills
  • Garbage bags and moist towelettes for personal sanitation
  • Seasonal clothing, sturdy footwear and emergency blanket
  • Dust masks
  • Whistle
  • Help/OK Sign (PDF): Display the appropriate side outward in your window during a disaster.

Make a grab-and-go bag

A grab-and-go bag is a small emergency kit that's easy to take with you, in case you need to leave right away. It's a good idea to make grab-and-go bags for your home, workplace and vehicle.

Include:

  • Food (ready to eat) and water
  • Phone charger and battery bank
  • Small battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Small first-aid kit and personal medications
  • Personal toiletries and items, such as an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses
  • Copy of your emergency plan
  • Copies of important documents, such as insurance papers and identification
  • Cash in small bills
  • Local map with your family meeting place identified
  • Seasonal clothing and an emergency blanket
  • Pen and notepad
  • Whistle


Have plenty of water

Most people need four litres of water per person per day, but some people may need more. For example, children, people who are nursing or people who are sick. Hot temperatures can double water needs.

Pets need about 30 mL of water per kg of body weight per day. For example, a cat or small dog needs at least half a cup of water each day.

Water must be safe to drink

Purchase bottled water for an emergency kit. Keep it in its original container in cool and dark place that's easy to reach.

You should not:

  • Open the water until you need it
  • Use water that's past the expiry or "best before" date printed on the bottle
  • Use water from toilet tanks or bowls, radiators, waterbeds, swimming pools or spas

If your regular water supply becomes contaminated, you can purify and bottle your own water. If you use a water filtration device, it's still a good idea to store some bottled water as well.


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